Springfield, IL – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has teamed up with Will, Kendall and DuPage County State’s Attorneys James Glasgow, Eric Weis and Robert Berlin to strengthen the state’s Sex Offender Registry. House Bill 2548, also known as “Stephanie’s Law,” enhances the discretionary authority of judges to require that offenders convicted of battery be added to the registry of sex offenders if the crime is found to be sexually motivated.

“As a father, I feel it’s imperative that we do everything we can to protect all citizens from sexual predators. Stephanie’s Law would close a loophole in the current statute and give our judges additional discretion in placing those who commit sexually motivated batteries on the Sex Offender Registry,” said Batinick. 

Stephanie’s Law would amend the Sex Offender Registry Statute allowing a judge to order a criminal defendant to register as a sex offender for a 10-year period if the offender’s intent was to commit the crime for purposes of sexual gratification. Prosecutors would be required to offer proof of this motivation at trial. In the event that a conviction is found, the judge would have the full discretion to add the convicted criminal to the registry.

PLAINFIELD – State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) is providing a new resource for local constituents to submit feedback on current legislative issues by announcing the launch of his 2015 online community survey, available on his official legislative website, www.repbatinick.com.  

The thirteen-question survey covers a wide range of issues including taxes, pensions, workers compensation and state budget reform, and proposed consolidation of various government offices, to name just a few. Rep. Batinick will utilize constituent feedback to help represent the district effectively during the ongoing spring legislative session of the General Assembly.
SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) released the following statement in reaction to Governor Rauner’s budget address delivered to a joint session of the General Assembly today.

“Today we got an honest report on the budget and a blueprint for the path ahead, one that is built on several core priorities: public safety, education and paying our bills.   The Governor pointed out that if we don’t take action to expand the economic pie, the people of Illinois will be left to fight over smaller and smaller slices. The State’s budgetary challenges are no secret, but for the first time they are actually being acknowledged. I’ve set an example as a new member of the General Assembly by reducing my own office budget by 11% and not taking a legislative pension. Together we stand at a starting point in overcoming our state’s budget challenges.  Reaching the destination will require bipartisan cooperation beginning right now and each day moving forward as we craft a new budget.”
SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) released the following statement in reaction to Governor Rauner’s State of the State address delivered to a joint session of the General Assembly today.

“The Governor hit on three critical priorities I share: worker’s comp reform, property tax relief and prioritizing education funding.  In my first week as a new State Representative, I had an official study conducted that shows a direct cost savings of $190 million to state and local governments in Illinois if our worker’s comp rates were merely average compared to other states, as opposed to one of the highest. This is a good place for us to start. If the state can save that much money by enacting a common-sense reform, imagine how many new jobs could be created by the men and women of our small business community and larger employers alike if they could compete on a more level playing field when it comes to worker’s comp. As a small business owner and father of five, education and economic issues are very important to me. Our local schools are among the best in the state and we need to keep it that way.”

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With constituents stinging from the recent severance agreement negotiated by the College of DuPage Board, area House Republican lawmakers stepped up with a range of proposals all aimed at the same goal, preventing these types of “golden parachutes” in the future...

Legislation ranging from capping severance payouts to enhanced public review was thrown out as possible items to prevent such flagrant abuses. Two newly elected neighboring lawmakers, Mark Batinick (R, Plainfield) and Grant Wehrli (R, Naperville), are both eyeing electoral remedies aimed at counteracting the lengthy six-year terms of many local public bodies...

A Batinick proposal, who has been working through a recall provision of all non-home rule entities, strikes a chord both in this situation as well as towards the local park board for which the legislation was originally intended.  “Locally, we had a board that has spun out of control, and clearly this situation seems to fit within those same set of concerns,” stated Batinick...

PLAINFIELD – State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) announced his committee assignments for the new 99th General Assembly today, including an appointment he requested to the Special Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

“Veterans are number one to me,” said Rep. Batinick. “The men and women of our military risk their lives each and every day so that we can enjoy our freedoms as Americans. I am personally very grateful for their service and want to make sure our veterans have everything they need.”